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Spiked Juices

At the start of 2014, Square 1682 introduced its Raw Juice program with two healthy, vitamin-packed juices — Beets Me and Being Green – during breakfast and brunch service. Now due to popular demand, Square 1682 has extended its raw juice program through lunch daily, offering the juice to go, and for those who like a little health with their cocktail — or a little cocktail with their health regimen — Square 1682 is also offering spiked version it’s raw juices.

The Basics: Square 1682 now features three raw juices on its breakfast, lunch and weekend brunch menus. These include the popular Being Green {cucumber, celery, spinach, kale, lemon}; Beets Me {red beet, carrots, ginger, cilantro} and the newcomer Pretty ‘n Pink {local peaches, watermelon, apple, strawberry, pink peppercorn}. The juices are 16 oz and cost $8 each. To go: All three juices are available now to go and come in Earth friendly recycle-able containers for the same price and quantity. A chalk sandwich board out front announces to busy passersby that a quick and ready to travel health infusion awaits on the other side of Square 1682’s revolving door on the corner of 17th and Sansom sts. $8.

Spiked Juices: Suggested Spiked versions come with recommendations from Lead Bartender Chauncey Scates and include Beets Me spiked with a shot of BlancoTequila, Bring Green spiked with Tanqueray Gin, and Pretty ‘n Pink infused with El Dorado Rum. $16.

“I’m a big fan, I love our juicing program,” said Executive Chef Caitlin Mateo. “I don’t think a lot of restaurants are doing it. There are so many health benefits. Plus it’s a fun, flavorful new way to enjoy a cocktail at brunch or even lunch.

Health Benefit Breakdown by Juice:

Beets Me Red Beets – Rich in carotenoids and folate. Good for anemia and leukemia. Carrots – Rich in beta-carotene. Valuable for cancer protection, the heart, circulation, and eyesight. Ginger – Rich in zingiberene, gingerols, and shogaols. Beneficial for the relief of coughs, colds, and nausea. Coriander/Cilantro – Coriander is rich in volatile oils. Beneficial for digestion and stress.

Being Green Cucumber – Therapeutic for the skin and eyes. Celery – Rich in folate. Spinach – Rich in chlorophyll and folic acid. Good for cancer protection and sight protection. Kale – Rich in beta-carotene. Beneficial for cancer protection and general immunity. Lemon – Rich in vitamin C and bioflavonoids. Helps boost the immune system.

Pretty ‘n Pink {Seasonal} Peaches – Rich in Vitamin C and iron. Good during pregnancy. Watermelon – Rich in Vitamin C and potassium. Apple – Rich in Vitamin C and soluble fiber. Eaten the morning before can help alleviate a hangover. Strawberry – Rich in Vitamin C and soluble fiber. Good for cancer protection and arthritis. Pink Peppercorn – Rich in iron.

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red, white and donuts

Stop by the Capital One 360 Café at the corner of 17th and Walnut this week to take part in the Financial Independence Days Sale.  Enjoy a free lunch from Federal Donuts from 12-2PM on Thursday, July 3rd and free ice cream from 12-2PM on Friday, July 4th from Sweet Pea Ice Cream.

Special account opening bonuses last through Thursday July 3rd.

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r-health is in good hands

R-Health is offering a free two-month membership in their Direct Primary Care practice.

Enjoy unrestricted access to a personal physician, including same or next-day appointments, no more than 9 minutes in the waiting room and remote access to your doctor via mobile messaging, cell phone & Skype.  Details here..

1528 Walnut Street

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cheesy rockin’ in the house.

On Thursday, June 26 beginning at 6:30 p.m., culinary pioneers Di

Bruno Bros. will host a one-of-a-kind International Cheesemaker Rock Stars Dinner, featuring six top cheesemakers preparing and serving six courses of cheese-focused foods, all complemented by beers from Brooklyn Brewery.  The event will be held upstairs at Di Bruno Bros.’ Rittenhouse Square location (1730 Chestnut Street), and features some of the leading cheesemakers from around the world.


For $100 per person, guests will spend the evening dining on a decadent spread of cheeses and pairings and enjoying the rare opportunity to chat with the cheesemakers about their wares. 


Tickets are strictly limited to 35 seats, and are certain to sell out; they are available online now:


Proceeds will benefit The Daphne Zepos Teaching Award, a scholarship designed to continue the teaching and training of cheese professionals, as well as The American Cheese Society Education Fund and a state-of-the-art Neighborhood Kitchen at St. James School.<>.

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“Throughout our history, we’ve been committed to educating our guests about cheese and other specialty foods, and this dinner is a tremendous opportunity for us to partner with some of our very favorite cheesemakers while contributing to ongoing culinary education in Philadelphia,” says President Bill Mignucci, Jr., third-generation owner and grandson of Danny Di Bruno.  “We can’t wait to welcome these talented and savvy professionals into our shop and enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime evening together.”


Leading cheesemakers contributing to the meal include:  José Luis Martín of Manchego 1605; Sam Holden of Hafod Welsh Organic, Cheddar; Betty Koster of L’Amuse Gouda;  Philippe Goux of Marcel Petite Comté; Giorgio Cravero of Cravero Parmigiano Reggiano;  and Joe Schneider of Stichelton.  Guests can expect traditional and innovative pairings, and will have the priceless opportunity to chat with all of the cheesemakers about the process of making and serving world-renowned cheeses.


Di Bruno Bros. is a pioneering specialty food retailer and importer that began with a modest shop in the now-iconic South Philadelphia Italian Market in 1939.  Since then, the family has grown the company to five locations in Philadelphia with outposts in Rittenhouse Square, Washington Square West at The Franklin Market, The Market & Shops at the Comcast Center and in nearby Ardmore, PA.


To honor their milestone 75th anniversary, Di Bruno Bros. has hosted a series of fundraisers, with a goal of raising $75,000 to support a state-of-the-art Neighborhood Kitchen at St. James School, located in the Allegheny West neighborhood of North Philadelphia.  St. James School’s current kitchen is small, outdated and can only warm food, limiting their ability to provide fresh, healthy meals to students, many of whom eat multiple meals a day at school.  The new Neighborhood Kitchen will provide nutritional support to the school’s students, including on-site lunches and meal deliveries for under-resourced and hungry families, and will also engage students in the cooking and serving process, offering them an unusual and interactive outlet for learning about the culinary arts and nutrition.  In addition to their work with St. James School, Di

Bruno Bros. also supports numerous other local charities, collectively donating more than $50,000 last year to support Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, Little Smiles and the Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House, among others.


Di Bruno Bros. has been supporting great food with great people since 1939; today, they employ more than 350 proud team members and have evolved into a community-driven enterprise with five specialty food retail locations, and commissary/catering, import and e-commerce divisions.  Di Bruno Bros. has been featured on national TV, including Travel Channel’s The Layover, hosted by chef and food personality Anthony Bourdain.

Recently, author Tenaya Darlington (a.k.a. Madame Fromage) partnered with the family to write Di Bruno Bros. House of Cheese (Running Press, 2013) a comprehensive catalog of the shop’s best-known and loved cheeses and accompanying recipes from the family themselves.  The company is a proud Philadelphia-grown enterprise and looks forward to 75 more years, and beyond, in the City of Brotherly Love.

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bogo for dad

Join Mettlers for a Bills Khakis Father’s Day Event, today through June 15th.

Buy any pair of Bills Khakis shorts, in stock, and get a Bills Khakis Polo Shirt for free.

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do good, feel good

On the weekend anniversary of last years all-day Yoga-Thon across the country, Philly Power Yoga will be holding a very special donation and community gathering class for Yoga Gives to St. Jude’s Kids. The class will be held on Friday, June 13th and will be taught by Chelsea Gilday, who has a special family connection to the St. Judes Team.


At St. Judes, no family pays for transportation, lodging, treatments or medicine.  

Click here to learn more about practicing for a purpose:


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RITTENHOUSE ROW SPRING FESTIVAL: Philadelphia’s Annual Celebration of Fashion, Fine Food, Family Fun


The Rittenhouse Row Spring Festival: Each year more than 50,000 people converge on Walnut Stree from Broad to 19th Streets, for Philadelphia’s most upscale festival. The event features food, entertainment, fashion and family fun. This is the only event where Walnut Street is closed to automotive traffic. Pedestrians stroll Walnut and 18th Streets and explore 100+ booths


Saturday, May 3, from noon to 6:00 p.m., rain or shine on Walnut Street from Broad to 19th, 18th Street from Locust to Sansom


The free event is held annually to welcome the public to experience the best food, fashion and family fun of Rittenhouse Row to

the public, in a festive and affordable way.                 



  • Affordably priced cuisine from Rittenhouse Row’s restaurants: 500 Degrees, a. Bar, a. Kitchen, Alma de Cuba, Applebees, Avance, Barclay Prime, Butcher and Singer, Capital One 360 Café, Cavanaugh’s Rittenhouse, Continental Mid-town, Corner Bakery Café,  The Corner Foodery, The Dandelion, Devon Seafood Grill, El Rey, Happy Rooster, Hip City Veg, Honeygrow, Lacroix, Luke’s Lobster, Marathon Grill, Ocean Prime, Oyster House, The Palm, Parc, The Prime Rib, Qdoba Mexican Grill, Radisson Blu Warwick Hotel, Rotisseur, Rouge, Russet, Saxby’s, Sbraga, Shake Shack, Smith and Wollensky, Square 1682, Sutton’s Parlor, Termini Brothers Bakery,  Underdogs, V-Street, Village Whiskey and XIX


  • Rittenhouse Row member food trucks including The Tot Cart, Ben & Jerry’s and The Cow and The Curd


  • Spring fashion and beauty booths: Joan Shepp, South Moon Under, Knit Wit, TownHome, Nicole Miller, Born Yesterday, Duke and Winston, Elle Lauri, Crimson, The Bellevue Salon and Spa, Philly Eyeworks, 611 Lifestyle, Adolf Biecker Spa & Salon, Henry A. Davidsen, Sun Myst, The Rittenhouse Spa & Club~Hair by Paul Labrecque, Tumi and more.  


  • Visit the Infiniti Lounge on the 1600 block to experience the latest in luxury and performance from Infiniti and enjoy an inspiring culinary presentation. Join Garces Group Corporate Executive Chef Michael Fiorello from 1:00pm – 3:00pm as he shares cooking tips and recipes and provides a special tasting from Tinto restaurant.


  • Peroni Sampling, photo booth and Silent Disco area on the 1500 block of Walnut


  • Family fun at Capital One 360 Café with free cotton candy, giveaways and interactive games


  • KYW Newsradio’s Kidcasting Booth where kids can pretend to have their own radio show


  • Spring Cocktail Tastings from Captain Morgan White Rum and Smirnoff Sorbet Light Pineapple Coconut


  • The Be Well Philly Health Zone sponsored by Penn Medicine with fitness demos from Rittenhouse Row member gyms, health screenings from Penn Medicine and giveaways from Rittenhouse Row members on the 1400 block


  • Start your day at the Broad and Walnut corner of Rittenhouse Row! Experience the Best of The Bellevue with restaurant samplings, shopping, salon services, work out tips, and more.


  • Dilworth Plaza Showcase from the Center City District


  • Live musical entertainment from Norma Michaels Entertainment on the 1500 block


  • The 1800 block of Walnut Street will feature dishes from STARR Restaurants – Alma de Cuba, Barclay Prime, Butcher and Singer, Continental Mid-Town, The Dandelion, El Rey and Parc. There will also be a tent dedicated to serving STARR’s sweetest treats. New for this year – At 19th and Walnut, The Dandelion will host a Beer Garden with made to order Pub favorites, British ales and refreshing cocktails. Back for the second year, the Starr Smallwares Sale will feature discounted china, glassware, and miscellaneous tabletop accessories for purchase. Raffle tickets to win Dinner for a Year at STARR Restaurants will also be available at the Smallwares Sale. All proceeds benefit Philabundance.


  • At 18th and Walnut Street, enter to win a trip to Mexico from TripGuy Travel and their partner at Karisma Resorts. The winner will receive a four-night stay for 2 adults at the El Dorado Royale in Riviera Maya, Mexico, with limo airport transfers to and from Cancun Airport. A Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Top 100 Hotels in the World and a AAA Four Diamond Resort, El Dorado Royale is an adults-only destination that provides the ultimate in service in an incredible setting. Tickets are $25 each or 5 for $100. Purchase a residential membership to Rittenhouse Row for $100 and you will be automatically entered into the drawing for the trip. You will also receive a card offering discounts and benefits to more than 30 Rittenhouse Row businesses.


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a beautiful pearce of art…

From now through April 30th, this beautiful Simon Pearce Champlain Bowl (valued at $60) will be free with any $150 or more purchase of Simon Pearce at Manor Home and Gifts. Limited to one per customer. (And perfect for MOTHER’S DAY, hint, hint…)


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daylight savings

We hope you turned back your clocks because you don’t want to miss Aoki Boutique’s Daylight Savings Sale. From now until March 20th  take an additional 20% off all sale clothing.

Aoki Daylight Savings Sale
Celebrate the longer days with a little retail therapy and unbeatable prices on great labels like Yumi Kim, Dress the Population, Line & Dot, Lovers & Friends, and more.

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to philly with LOVE

The beautiful Roma Downey recently attended a screening of her new film, Son of God, in Philadelphia wearing her LAGOS Heart of Philadelphia to commemorate the city.

Pick up your very own Heart of Philadelphia at the LAGOS Walnut Street Boutique.

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spring forward

Jacques Ferber Logo


Jacques Ferber Furs on Walnut Street is in the midst of renovation and excited for a re-opening in the spring. To handle repairs, questions and storage, they have set up a temporary office at 1845 Walnut Street on the 8th Floor. The phone number remains 215-735-4173. Can’t wait till spring to pick up something warm and fuzzy? Visit the Wayne or
Greenville DE locations. Jacques Ferber is looking forward to continuing as your Center City destination for luxury outerwear and accessories.

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casual elegance

 Mettlers American Mercantile, Artisan Jewelry Trunk Show

Saturday February 8th 2:00 – 5:00 pm: Meet jewelry artist Missy Brewster and indulge yourself in the casual elegance of original design pearl and leather jewelry. Assorted size and color pearls strung on leather with sterling accents create simple, chic accessories for everyday or special occasion.

Follow Mettlers American Mercantile on Twitter: Missy Brewster_Pearls@mettlersphilly


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baby it’s cold outside

Liberty Travel Atlantis and Mexico PackageIt’s even easier to make your vacation dreams a reality…..
Liberty Travel at 1606 Chestnut Street is now open on Sundays! With extended hours
on the weekends, they are here for you even more than before. Give them a call, or stop
by any time from 10:00am -6:00pm on Saturdays and Sundays, and from
8:30am – 7:00pm Monday through Friday.

Have more fun at the Atlantis.
Atlantis, Bahamas is offering resort credits as part of their Winter Resort Credit Promotion. Book any package including airfare, and a minimum three night stay in the
Coral Towers, Royal Towers or the Cove Atlantis and receive a $100, $200, or $300
resort credit! Book before February 17th. Must travel between January 30 – March 5,
2014. Conditions Apply.

Have a Mexican Fiesta
Paradisus La Perla is an amazing adults only all inclusive resort located in
beautiful Riviera Maya. Save up to 44% on reduced room rates, and enjoy 11
restaurants, butler service, private pools with Bali Beds, PLUS $50 spa credit for
stays of 5 nights or more, plus $100 resort credit for stays of 6 nights or more.

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basement bonus

Joan Shepp Basement Sale
Pay attention fashionistas, it’s that time of year again! Wednesday, January 15th marks the start of our highly anticipated annual “Basement Sale” at Joan Shepp.

 This year our the sale will explode out into The Rotunda of the Shops at Liberty Place., giving you the opportunity to snag designer merchandise by international designers such as Ann Demeulemeester, Balenciaga, Dries van Noten, Junya Watanabe, and Rick Owens at reduced prices. All Fall merchandise will be marked 60% to 70% off. 

The store will be open 9:30am-7pm on Wednesday through Saturday and the sale runs through Saturday, January 18th.

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the night kitchen

Let Rouge keep your hunger satisfied all winter long with their Late Night Menu, available now, Sunday through Monday from 10PM to 1AM and Tuesday through Saturday from 11PM to 1AM.

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winter wonderland


The Rittenhouse continues to delights guests with a selection of culinary indulgences and experiences designed to entice merrymakers of all ages this holiday season. The iconic hotel has been transformed into a modern-day winter wonderland, complete with festive décor and tree trimmings, warm winter treats like hot cocoa, apple cider and roasted chestnuts, Teddy Bear Tea service for younger guests, and Grace Kelly-inspired holiday cocktails in honor of the legendary actress’ rich Philadelphia heritage.


Teddy Bear Tea at Mary Cassatt Tea Room

This December, The Rittenhouse will introduce a new experience for its younger guests, Teddy Bear Tea. Soon to become an annual tradition for Philadelphia families, The Rittenhouse invites its youngest patrons and their treasured teddies for a leisurely afternoon tea service featuring sweet and savory petit fours and delicious teddy bear cookies in the recently renovated Mary Cassatt Tea Room.  Each child will also receive a complimentary teddy bear to take home. Teddy Bear Tea will be offered every day from Friday, November 29 through Thursday, December 31, and costs $60 for adults and $30 per child.  Reservations are required.


A Tribute to Grace Kelly

With the highly-anticipated biopic, Grace of Monaco, in theaters this spring, Master Mixologist Pablo “Papi” Hurtado created a bubbly cocktail to honor the legendary actress—and Philadelphia native—Grace Kelly. The libation, aptly named “Elegance and Grace,” combines rose water-infused vodka, rose petal nectar, Demi Sec champagne and candied rose petals. Priced at $16, the cocktail can be enjoyed through the end of December at the Library Bar, the hotel’s swanky new lounge concept located just off the lobby.


All-Day Christmas Brunch at Lacroix at The Rittenhouse

Perfectly located in the soul of America’s birthplace, The Rittenhouse invites guests to enjoy the Christmas holiday with a lavish all-day brunch at Lacroix, the hotel’s award-winning fine-dining restaurant. The restaurant, which has truly become a landmark in its own right, is famed for its Sunday brunch, which Executive Chef has expanded to include gourmet renditions of classic Christmas favorites. Highlights will include a raw bar featuring east and west coast oysters, caviar and sushi and three carving stations. Also on the menu will be milk and dark chocolate fountains.  This special brunch menu will be available from 11:00 am – 7:00 pm, and costs $95 per person.


Winter Warming Treats

Like Santa’s workshop, The Rittenhouse kitchens are bustling with the hotel’s award-winning culinary team hard at work to prepare this season’s specially-crafted, gourmet nibbles for both guests of the hotel and local passersby to enjoy all season long. Treats include sweet roasted chestnuts that will be handed out by the doorman, and homemade hot chocolate, which will be set-up in the lobby for guests to top off with all of their desired fixings, from peppermint to marshmallows and more


Décor by Evantine

The Rittenhouse tapped Philadelphia’s award-winning design firm Evantine Design to create a sophisticated winter landscape inspired by the 25 year history of Philadelphia’s beloved hotel. Blending holiday tradition with a touch of whimsy, Evantine’s brilliant design celebrates the hotel’s recent revitalization while staying true to the classic spirit of years past.  Set in the center of the hotel lobby, a 9-foot tall tree sets the stage for a dramatic arrival with dozens of hand-blown glass ornaments shimmering in deep shades of green, blue, gold and touches of burgundy, and two elaborate gingerbread houses adorn the reception area and public spaces. Fashioned as miniature replicas of Philadelphia’s most cherished winter landmarks, such as the illuminated Boathouse Row and famed Cassatt House on Rittenhouse Square, the gingerbread creations offer guests a playful view of the city’s venerable architecture and rich history.


Evantine took a more organic approach in conceptualizing the holiday décor at Lacroix, the hotel’s award-winning fine dining restaurant. Styled with real pine cones, grapevine, holly berries, seed pods and evergreens, as well as live Amaryllis plants and white birch tree branches, the natural design scheme pays tribute to both the bare winter tree branches in Rittenhouse Square, and Executive Chef Jon Cichon’s unwavering commitment to using only the finest, locally-sourced, seasonal ingredients.


For those seeking merriment beyond the hotel doors, guests are fortunate to find an endless supply of joyful happenings throughout the city, from the light spectacles at Boathouse Row and Macy’s Center City, to classic performances of holiday favorites like The Nutcracker and A Christmas Carol at Philadelphia’s world-renown performing arts centers and monumental New Year’s Eve fireworks shows. For those seeking solace from the cold, hotel guests delight in the perfect views of snowcapped Rittenhouse Square.  Strategically built on an angle to maximize park view, The Rittenhouse offers a tranquil winter escape unlike any other. The holiday spirit in Philadelphia is unparalleled, and The Rittenhouse places guests in the ideal spot to experience all the city has to offer.


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good cheer

This Thanksgiving MANNA will prepare and deliver complete dinners to 3,000 people in the Greater Philadelphia and southern New Jersey area, who are critically ill and unable to shop, cook and host their own holiday dinner.   

 manna thanksgiving meals

A staff of 30 along with 400 volunteers will prep, cook, package and deliver the meals on Thanksgiving Day, reaching most MANNA clients prior to 2:00pm.  Meals will consist of roasted turkey, candied yams, green beans almandine, cornbread stuffing and apple pie.


Mayor Michael Nutter and his wife, along with Philadelphia District Attorney, Seth Williams, and his daughters will join the Staff and volunteers from MANNA package meals in the morning.


MANNA clients are suffering from debilitating illnesses and receive daily MANNA meals of medically appropriate nutrition. On Thanksgiving, MANNA extends this nourishment to MANNA clients and their families.  MANNA will use 5,400 lbs of turkey, 564 lbs of cranberry sauce, 1,140 lbs of yams, 845 lbs of cornbread stuffing, 140 lbs of diced onions and 740 lbs green beans to make each family size Thanksgiving meal for four people. Making this event possible is a generous donation from presenting sponsor PECO.


Especially for people at acute nutritional risk due to life-threatening illnesses, MANNA prepares and delivers delicious nourishing meals and counsel, empowering individuals to battle illness and improve their quality of life. A small professional staff and 1,500 dedicated volunteers bring more than 70,000 nutritious, home-delivered meals each month to individuals and families living with HIV/AIDS, cancer and other life-threatening illnesses. MANNA dietitians promote wellness through nutrition education and counseling. Through these services, MANNA provides opportunities for caring people to extend loving support to families, friends, and neighbors.


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boozy brunch

Alma de Cuba brunchAlma de Cuba will launch a new Boozy Brunch Party, this Saturday, November 30th.

Reserve a table starting at 11am for a relaxing meal,  or book later in the day for an all-out party with DJ and dancing.

Prepare for Saturdays to never be the same. Drink. Dance. Feast.
Featuring Music by DJ Deejay, spinning 1pm-5pm.

Reservations strongly recommended. Call Now: (215) 988-1799


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it’s the most wonderful time of the year…

The annual Rittenhouse Square Tree Lighting Ceremony is Tuesday, December 3rd at 5PM.

Join us on Saturdays through December 21st for our Rittenhouse Row Holiday Celebration.

CLICK HERE for the full map of Saturday deals and events.




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